?What is a Zeolite
What is a Zeolite?
Zeolite is hydrated aluminosilicates with symmetrically stacked alumina and silica tetrahedra which result in an open and stable three-dimensional honeycomb structure with a negative charge. The negative charge within the pores is neutralized by positively charged ions (cations) such as sodium. Over 150 zeolite structural types have been identified. There are two Kinds of Zeolites Natural and Synthetic.
The simplest synthetic zeolite is the zeolite A with a molecular ration of one silica to one alumina to one sodium cation. The zeolite A synthesis produces precisely duplicated sodalite units which have 47% open space, ion exchangeable sodium, water of hydration and electronically charged pores. These properties lead to the various uses of natural and synthetic zeolites.